The Zionist movement lead to an increase in Jewish immigration to Palestine beginning in the late 1800s. How plausible is it that Arab could have been chosen as lingua franca? The original Zionist movement was not particularly religious. An argument for choosing Arab as their language would be that it would make communication with the Arab population of Palestine easier. What effect would the choice of Arab as their language have on later development in Palestine? It seems likely that this would have had a positive influence on Arab-Jewish relationship, although the question is how much better? What do you think?